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No. 405, March 9, 2010

Six Degrees of Sherlockian Separation
By Don Hobbs

Tonight is the 82nd Academy Awards® and it is the sixth year for this little exercise of Sherlockian inanity. You know the drill and here we go. I will be using this year’s nominations for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role. I am not including the Best Director or Best Picture because the above four categories cover these. In six steps or less, I will tie these nominees to a Sherlock Holmes film. BTW, does it anger anyone else that Sherlock Holmes failed to get a single nomination in any of the major categories? Well, let us see what we can do about that injustice.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges/ Crazy Heart
• Jeff Bridges/ Iron Man (2008) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
George Clooney/ Up in the Air
• George Clooney/ Good Night/ Good Luck (2005) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Colin Firth/ A Single Man
• Colin Firth/ My Life So Far (1999) with Malcolm McDowell
• Malcolm McDowell/ Hugo Pool (1997) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Morgan Freeman/ Invictus
• Morgan Freeman/ Batman Begins (2005) with Katie Holmes
• Katie Holmes/ The Singing Detective (2000) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Jeremy Renner/ The Hurt Locker
• Jeremy Renner/ The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) with Brad Pitt
• Brad Pitt/ Less Than Zero (1987) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock/The Blind Side
• Sandra Bullock/ The Lake House (2007) with Keanu Reeves
• Keanu Reeves/ A Scanner Darkly (2006) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Helen Mirren/ The Last Station
• Helen Mirren/ National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) with Harvey Keitel
• Harvey Keitel/ The Pick-Up Artist (1987) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Carey Mulligan/ An Education
• Carey Mulligan/ An Education (2009) with Alfred Molina
• Alfred Molina/ The Hoax (2006) with Hope Davis
• Hope Davis/ Charlie Bartlett (2007) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Gabourey Sidbie/ Precious
• Gabourey Sidbie/ Precious (2009) with Paula Patton
• Paula Patton/ Déjà vu (2007) with Val Kilmer
• Val Kilmer/ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Meryl Streep/ Julie & Julia
• Meryl Streep/ Rendition (2007) with Jake Gyllenhaal
• Jake Gyllenhaal/ Zodiac (2007) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Performance of an Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon/ Invictus
• Matt Damon/ The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) with Will Smith
• Will Smith/ Men in Black (1997) with Rip Torn
• Rip Torn/ Wonder Boys (2000) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Woody Harrelson/ The Messenger
• Woody Harrelson/ Natural Born Killers (1940) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Christopher Plummer/ The Last Station
• Christopher Plummer/ Syriana (2005) with Amanda Peet
• Amanda Peet/ Whatever We Do (2005) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Stanley Tucci/ The Lovely Bones
• Stanley Tucci/ Big Trouble (2002) with Tim Allen
• Tim Allen/ The Shaggy Dog (2006) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Christopher Waltz/ Inglorious Bastards
• Christopher Waltz/ Inglorious Bastards (2009) with Brad Pitt
• Brad Pitt/ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) with Vince Vaughn
• Vince Vaughn/ Starsky & Hutch (2006) with Ben Stiller
• Ben Stiller/ Tropic Thunder (2008) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz / Nine
• Penélope Cruz/ Gothika (2003) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Vera Farmiga/ Up in the Air
• Vera Farmiga/ Running Scared (2006) with Chazz Palminteri
• Chazz Palminteri/ A Guide to Recognizing Your Saint (2006) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Maggie Gyllenhaal/ Crazy Heart
• Maggie Gyllenhaal/ Crazy Heart (2009) with Catherine O’Hara
• Catherine O’Hara/ Game Six (2005) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Anna Kendrick/ Up in the Air
• Anna Kendrick/ Rocket Science (2007) with Margo Martindale
• Margo Martindale/ In Dreams (1999) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey, Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Mo’Nique/ Precious
• Mo’Nique/ Face the Penguins (2006) with Samuel L. Jackson
• Samuel L. Jackson/ Hail; Caesar (1994) with Robert Downey, Jr.
• Robert Downey, Jr./ Sherlock Holmes (2009)

This wraps up another year of “Six-Degrees of Sherlockian Separation” and it looks like, by my calculations, that Robert Downey, Jr. is tonight’s biggest winner (20 – 0). We will do it again for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards®.

Happy Collecting (and movie watching) !!

 

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